Lut Desert - one of the world's hottest place, Kerman

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Dasht-e Lut, Kerman, Iran

The Lut Desert, also known as Dasht-e Lut, is a large salt desert located in southeastern Iran. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers an area of about 51,800 square kilometers. The Lut Desert is known for its extreme temperatures, stunning landscapes, and unique geological features.


The region around the Lut Desert holds great significance for Iranian archaeology, with evidence of ancient civilization dating back to the fifth millennium BC. The western edge of the desert was home to the ancient city of Shahdad, while on the eastern side lay the enormous city of Shahr-i-Sokhta.

In a recent extensive archaeological survey conducted near the western fringes of the Lut Desert and the eastern flank of Kerman range, eighty-seven ancient sites were discovered, dating from the Chalcolithic period and Bronze Age to the late Islamic era. Of these sites, twenty-three are believed to date back to the Chalcolithic period and Bronze Age.

Lut Desert is mostly uninhabited, and there are no permanent settlements within the desert. However, there are some small villages and towns on the outskirts of the desert where visitors can stay.

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